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Marleen C. Michael wrote:

Hi guys,

I was baptized Catholic but am uncertain if I made my Confirmation. I was married outdoors by a Methodist minister/pastor to a non-Catholic. I am now divorced and came across some confusing information regarding whether or not the marriage is recognized by the Catholic Church.

I now have someone very special in my life. He is a devout Catholic and has since led me to rediscover my Catholic faith. I believe that marriage may be in our future.

  • Does the Catholic Church recognize the marriage or do I need to seek an annulment?

Marleen

  { Does the Catholic Church recognize this marriage or do I need to seek an annulment? }

Eric replied:

Hi Marleen,

You said:
I was baptized Catholic but am uncertain if I made my Confirmation. I was married outdoors by a Methodist minister/pastor to a non-Catholic. I am now divorced and came across some confusing information regarding whether or not the marriage is recognized by the Catholic Church.

The good news is, this is straightforward.

  • Assuming you did not arrange with a Catholic priest for a dispensation to get married in a non-Catholic church, and
  • did not get a dispensation to marry a non-Catholic
your marriage to him is invalid.

You said:
I now have someone very special in my life. He is a devout Catholic and has since led me to rediscover my Catholic faith. I believe that marriage may be in our future.

  • Does the Catholic Church recognize the marriage or do I need to seek an annulment?

You are free to marry in the Church as soon as you have some routine paperwork done, establishing that you married without the proper dispensations.

You do not have to go through the normal annulment process.

Eric

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